Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with gifts, like this gift basket. ((Photo Credit: Maddie Hines/AchonaOnline))
Valentine’s Day is often celebrated with gifts, like this gift basket.

(Photo Credit: Maddie Hines/AchonaOnline)

Valentine’s Day vs. “Galentines” Day

February 14, 2023

Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th every year and it is a day dedicated to love. Originally celebrated in commemoration of a Catholic martyr known as Saint Valentine, it has evolved into an important cultural, religious, and economic festival of passion and love in many parts of the world. Saint Valentine’s Day revolves around love, and it is celebrated with gifting, nice dinners, or simply spending quality time with your loved ones. Valentine’s Day is popular in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. It is also celebrated in Argentina, France, Mexico, and South Korea.

Senior Ella Fernandez expresses her love for Valentine’s Day, she said, “Although my boyfriend and I cannot spend Valentine’s Day together, we celebrated earlier and went to dinner together, and we will continue to celebrate a few days later and exchange our gifts.”

Ella Fernandez poses with her boyfriend before their Valentine’s Day dinner.

“Galentine’s” Day is a twist on the classic holiday, celebrated with your friends, rather than significant others. The term was originally coined in an episode of the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation by protagonist Leslie Knope. Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. However, it can be just as special and exciting as Valentine’s Day. 

Academy seniors smile before their Galentine’s Day feast.

Senior Ava Politz said, “My friends and I had a Galentine’s Day; we celebrated with a feast of good food, while having the best conversations.”

While it is easy to compare the two holidays, both are important celebrations of love and relationships. Romantic and platonic love are both essential parts of life, and these days are an opportunity to highlight our appreciation for others in our life.

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